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Published on: February 2007
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
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Length: 9 pages
Constant product innovation has contributed to a thriving equipment-manufacturing industry in the 21st century. The enabler for innovation has been a steady stream of new tools and technologies that help software developers work faster and smarter. New products and features cannot be introduced to market before testing, however, and quality assurance (QA) groups have not received as many timesaving tools and technologies as developer groups. Therefore, testing is rapidly becoming a barrier to innovation, threatening the pace of product advances.
To sustain the pace of innovation, the equipment-manufacturing industry needs to empower testers in several ways. Giving them the tools for earlier defect detection will help reduce costs and prevent product delays. Automating the testing process—without making it longer or more complex—will save time and increase coverage. Facilitating communication among developers, testers, and the automation team, even if they work on distributed global teams and speak different languages, will save even more time.
This white paper is the first in a two-part series examining the innovation barrier: its causes, effects, and remedies. Part one identifies the problem and focuses on the technology needed to solve it. Part two of the white paper series, available in early 2007, explores the potential impact on the equipment manufacturing industry if the innovation barrier is not eliminated.
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